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Animals In Need Fund


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The Animals In Need Fund is a non-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to the health and wellbeing of cats and dogs. It is our mission to reduce animal suffering by:

* Preventing over population with our low/no cost spay-neuter programs
* Rescuing high risk cats/kittens from the county shelters and rehoming them through our partnership with PETCO
* Providing no interest loans to qualifying families whose pet is facing a medical emergency
* Our commitment to community outreach and education

​The Animals in Need Fund continues to evolve and add new programs every year. When we began in 2008, our main mission was to intercept stray cats and dogs brought to us by Good Samaritans and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. We still provide this service, but have become so much more.

We are very proud to offer $20 copay feline spays and neuters to everyone regardless of financial standing. We are able to schedule both during the week and the 3rd Sunday of every month when we hold our monthly high volume spay/neuter clinic. In addition to cats, we also offer low cost spay/neuter services for most canines. Financial hardship must be proven to qualify. We also secured a grant specific to the two breeds representing the highest occupancy of our local shelters, Pit bulls and Chihuahuas. We are thankful we are able to offer low/or no cost assistance in the altering of these breeds, thus saving lives down the road.

Through our partnership with the Five Cities Homeless Coalition, AINF is able to reach the pets of our underserved community. We participate in quarterly events each year where homeless owners can bring their canine companions for health exams, pet education, vaccinations, flea treatment, and receive a spay/neuter voucher. By altering and vaccinating the companions of homeless individuals, we are insuring the safety of the community, while protecting and providing security for both pet and owner.

In addition to our community programs, we provide loans for families lacking the ability to fund a pets catastrophic health crisis. These are no interest loans which can be paid back at a rate that is within the individuals financial means. This offers owners an option, avoiding a heart-wrenching decision of surrendering or euthanasia of a beloved furry family member.

We are always growing and on the lookout for ways we can further solidify & protect the human-animal bond.


Address:
525 Sandydale Drive
Nipomo, CA 93444

Call Us: 805-619-0588

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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